FAQs About Garage Door Springs
Your home’s garage door is the largest access point and as such is the biggest security concern. That means you want to be sure it stays in top working order at all times. Besides making sure that the integrity of the garage door itself is maintained, you should also pay attention to the operation of the garage door springs. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about the springs, also known as torsion springs.
- Can I replace garage door springs myself? It is both a question of “can you?” and “should you?” If you have the expertise, the right tools, and the ability to accurately obtain the correct replacement parts, you technically could replace them yourself. However, this is one of the most dangerous repairs to do on a garage door, so most people prefer to leave it to professionals.
- Why do replacement garage door springs come in a two-pack? Both springs on your garage door are getting the same amount of wear and tear, so if one has broken, you should go ahead and have both replaced as the other is not far behind. As a side note, if you happen to have a garage door that was installed with just one torsion spring, ask about converting it to two as it is a better option overall and isn’t that much more expensive to replace two than it would be for just one.
- If the new springs look exactly the same and are same length, do I have the right ones? Maybe, or maybe not. There is more to garage door springs than length and appearance, so when in doubt, consult with a professional. Using springs that aren’t rated for your garage door could result in problems down the road even if you do manage to get them installed.
- How often should I have the garage door springs replaced? Garage door springs don’t have a “best by” date – their lifespan goes by how many cycles they have been put through. If you use the door quite frequently, you’d be looking at 3-6 years; infrequently perhaps as much as 9 or 10 years. Regular maintenance visits are the best way to keep an eye on them so they can be changed when they show signs of wearing out.
If you have additional questions about garage door springs or you would like to have yours inspected and/or replaced, give us a call at RCS Garage Doors. If they have broken and you need the repair done quickly so your home is secure again, don’t forget about our 24/7 emergency response service. We look forward to serving all your garage door needs, including repairs, maintenance, and replacement garage doors.
How to Avoid Emergency Garage Door Service This Winter
Winter is tough – even if you love snow! You know what else might agree? Your garage door, especially if you have a mishap and find yourself needing emergency garage door service. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to hopefully prevent a problem that disrupts your day. Here are a few tips:
- Call for Maintenance– Getting your garage door serviced before winter or at least before you need to call for emergency garage door service is a good way to avoid needing to make that call. A professional will test the garage door balance, lubricate the moving parts, replace the weather stripping (if needed), inspect and replace the rollers, check the cables, clear the tracks, and take a host of other preventative measures to make certain your garage doors are ready for action regardless of the weather.
- Have Your Vehicle’s Brakes Checked- Winter is not the time to have your brakes fail. Well, no time is really, but if you are finding it takes longer to stop than usual, that’s only going to be worse on slick, icy roads. It might surprise you how many emergency garage door service calls result from damage caused by driving into the closed door before it can rise completely.
- Keep Driveway Clear- Even great brakes can’t help if you hit a patch of ice on your driveway and slide into your garage doors. While you are at it, be sure to keep snow away from the garage door itself so it doesn’t interfere with the safety feature.
- Listen to the Door- Every time your garage door cycles, you should be listening and watching for anything unusual. If the door is moving in an uneven fashion or making odd noises, call for service, as the next time it might not open or close at all.
If you would like to get your garage door serviced to avoid a problem later or if you are in the middle of an emergency garage door service situation at your Charlotte, North Carolina home, give us a call at RCS Garage Doors. We have 24/7 availability so you won’t have to head off to work or go to sleep worried that your home isn’t protected because your garage door isn’t secure. We guarantee we will arrive on time and take care of repairing your door to your complete satisfaction.
RCS Garage Doors Announces Inclusion as University of Georgia 2019 Bulldog 100 Honoree
University of Georgia 2019 Bulldog 100 Honoree
Here at RCS Garage Doors, we are proud to announce that the Alumni Association of the University of Georgia (UGA) has honored us with inclusion as one of the 2019 Bulldog 100 honorees. The Bulldog 100 celebrates the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni each year.
The UGA Alumni Association supports academic excellence and those who lead the way in business to build a better community. We are honored that Amber Signore (BBA ’06) has been recognized as an alumna who has operated our company in a manner consistent with the Pillars of the Arch and the values and image of the University of Georgia.
With more than 560 nominations this year, we are inspired by the honor of being included in the 100 chosen. We will continue to provide the superior products, unique services, and guaranteed customer service that our customers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have come to expect from us. We are committed to serving you promptly to address your garage door repair or installation needs efficiently and professionally. We welcome your call if you would like to learn more about our garage door company and the services and products we offer.
The Different Types of Commercial Garage Doors
Purchasing a new garage door for your business is a big step toward protecting your investment. When you take the time to select a high-quality garage door, you are investing in your business’s external appearance, as well as its security and productivity. After all, time is money. Any time you spend waiting for a slow door to open and shut or wrestling with a door that isn’t equipped for its job is time you can’t be focusing on the things you need to do.
This means it’s important to take the time to consider your options when it comes to installing a commercial garage door. When it comes to picking the right garage door, you should select a door that is built with high-quality materials, designed to last for a long time and built to withstand the frequent action that is sure to come from a busy business like yours.
When it comes to selecting the door that’s best for your business, it’s easy to get online and start looking at your options. But, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, the list can quickly become overwhelming. Before you just pick a door off of a list, do your homework. Understanding the different types of commercial garage doors — both what they’re made of and how they work — will help you to choose the one that will be best for your business.
Choosing a Commerical Garage Door
To select the door that’s the best for your business, you first need to think about how the door will be used. You won’t be able to narrow down your options until you ask yourself these four questions:
1. How Will This Door Be Used?
In other words, what will the door’s primary function be? Consider whether it will be opening and closing several times a day to move vehicles in and out, and whether those vehicles will be bringing in equipment or shipments to be unloaded. Perhaps you just need a door to seal off a garage or shed primarily used for storage. Will clients and employees be moving in and out of this entrance on a regular basis? Developing a clear understanding of how the garage door will be used will give you an idea of what features you need in a door.
2. How Important Is the Appearance of This Door?
Consider where this door will be installed. If it will be installed on the front of your building and be the first thing potential clients see when they arrive, you probably want something that looks nicer than if it is going to be installed in the back where only your employees know it’s there. Will this door be an integral part of your building’s design? While any garage door you purchase should be durable, some are more visually pleasing than others. Knowing where your garage door will be placed, as well as its role in the design of your building, can help you narrow down your options.
3. What Features Do My Local Building Codes Require?
Your local commercial building codes will give you some direction on what is or is not permitted in your area and in the type of building your business will occupy. Building codes are a set of regulations that govern the design, construction and maintenance of your building as well as the materials included in it — such as garage doors. Their intent is to make sure that you and your employees stay safe when working inside your building. Since the garage door is such an integral part of a building, there are specific regulations about what can and should be installed, so make sure you know up front what your locality requires.
Besides local codes, you’ll also want to do your homework and know what is required by the National Fire Protection Association and the Americans With Disabilities Act. There are additional guidelines in place to protect anyone who comes into your building.
4. What Is My Budget?
While cost shouldn’t be your only consideration when purchasing a garage door, we know it’s going to play a large role in your final decision. That’s why it’s important to decide up front what you can afford so you don’t waste your time looking at doors you can’t buy. As you are doing your research, pay attention to the costs of different designs and materials. Ask questions about installation costs and any extras that might not be included with the door, such as an automatic opener. As we said before, don’t compromise on safety or durability to save a few dollars. You’ll end up spending more on maintenance if you don’t purchase a high-quality product.
Types of Commerical Garage Doors
Once you have a clear picture in your head of how your door will function and what your building codes require, then you can begin to explore your options.
1. Overhead Garage Doors
An overhead garage door is similar to what you’d find in most modern homes. Also known as “Sectional Doors,” these doors are designed to be raised to the ceiling on tracks using rollers where the door either remains in a vertical position or, more commonly, rests parallel to the ceiling. These can be made in a variety of materials, including wood or aluminum, and they can be crafted to match a variety of exteriors. They can also be designed to have windows or not, and they are available insulated as well.
2. Roll-up Sheet Doors
These doors are the type of door you would typically see at a storage facility or a small warehouse. Slats made of steel roll are attached to create a sheet of metal and guided up and down by roll-formed guides. If you’ve ever rented a storage unit, then you’ll likely be familiar with this type of door because this is usually the type that protects the front of storage units. When they go up, they roll up into a coil, where they are stored until it’s time to pull them back down. This “roll” takes up less space and leaves the ceiling of the building open and free from obstruction.
Some people like this because it takes up less space, and therefore it looks much more professional. These doors are also very secure, making them a great option for keeping your building and its contents safe.
3. Fire-Rated Doors
These kinds of doors are good in facilities where chemicals or potentially flammable materials might be present. Fire-rated doors are designed to keep a fire from spreading through a facility by breaking a building into compartments that prevent the spread of flames and smoke. They look similar to a roll-up door, but they are fire resistant, which means that when they are in place, they can keep a fire contained. This method of containment gives people time to get out of the building, and it also protects other areas of your facility that might not have been the initial source of the fire. These doors can be raised and lowered manually, or you can install an automatic option that closes them when a fire or smoke is detected.
There are commercial regulations in place regarding fire-rated garage doors. If you’re considering this option, it’s important to do your homework and know what the regulations are in your area. These building codes will also give you information about which type of door you’ll need since ratings and specs vary depending on the purpose of the building and the location they’re in.
4. High-Speed Garage Doors
High-speed garage doors offer businesses faster opening and closing times. Why is this important? It minimizes the amount of time the door is open, which means that your facility’s temperature will stay more even and won’t take on extra cold or hot air — no one wants to lose all of their air-conditioned air to the summer heat because the garage door was open too long. These doors can save you money on heating and cooling your facility, and will also protect any temperature-sensitive materials that might be housed in your facility.
5. Aluminum and Glass Doors
Aluminum and glass doors provide a unique contemporary look that maximizes the light in any commercial space. They are typically recommended as a great option for restaurants, service stations, fire stations or car dealerships, but their unique modern vibe and the way they showcase the view outside your building can make them a great option for many different kinds of businesses. They have even been used as a divider between two indoor spaces or between a building’s interior and a patio or other exterior space.
Some of these designs can be made with steel instead of aluminum. While these doors are often recommended for their stylish and modern look, they are not lacking in durability. Because they are made with aluminum and strong glass, they are sturdy and will hold up to the volume of use they’ll get in a commercial setting.
6. Insulated Garage Doors
Insulated garage doors are designed to keep heat inside where it belongs in the winter, and they keep the cool air in place in the summer. This option is designed to keep you comfortable, but it also to keep your company’s energy costs down. These doors are even stronger than regular commercial doors because, unlike regular doors which are a single layer of material, these doors have more than one layer. If you’re looking for a sturdy option that’s going to keep your energy costs down, this door may be the one for you.
7. Service Doors
Similar to roll-up doors, service doors are typically made from steel or aluminum and work by coiling up. You often see these types of doors used around loading docks, warehouses or storage facilities. They work by placing slats made from aluminum or steel together into a continuous curtain of metal. Unlike roll-up doors, these doors are usually operated with a chain-hoist or a motor. Also, this coil rolls inside a protective metal hood rather than simply around itself. This creates an even cleaner look compared to roll-up doors.
This type of door has many benefits. These doors can be insulated, which can be important to maintain an even temperature inside your business throughout the year. They come in a wide variety of options and work well in a multitude of openings. Finally, these doors are extremely secure, providing you with great peace of mind every step of the way.
Which Door Is Right for Me?
Once you understand which doors are out there, you can start narrowing down your list. First, apply the criteria you established after answering the four questions at the beginning. Then, if you are still debating between two or more options, break it down by evaluating each door for:
Consider the color and design options available. Is there a look that fits with the appearance and architecture of the building? Are there other doors or features you need to match?
What materials are available in the style you prefer? Consider whether they will hold up to the intended function of the door, as well as the wind and weather in the region where your business is located.
Do you need an automatic door? Most people would say yes, but this can be an added expense you’ll need to factor into your budget. Also, do you need a high-speed door that will open and close faster than the average door?
4. Initial Cost
Will the door you are considering fit within the parameters of your budget? Don’t forget to factor in any extra costs that might be associated with your door. Also remember that once you select a style you like, pricing can vary by size and the material you choose.
5. Cost of Maintenance
Over time you will need to service and maintain your commercial garage door to keep it operating in peak condition. What are the maintenance costs that will be associated with this particular door? Do you have the budget to maintain it appropriately?
6. Energy Efficiency
How does this door compare to the other options in terms of its ability to keep a steady temperature inside your facility? Will it prevent conditions outside from impacting indoor temperatures? Determine whether you can expect to see any savings on your monthly energy costs if you select a particular model over another.
Contact RCS Garage Doors for Commercial Installations
When it comes to selecting and installing a commercial garage door, it’s important to work with an experienced company with a reputation for excellent customer service and high-quality products. Servicing clients around Charlotte, N.C., for more than 30 years, RCS Carolinas has an experienced staff ready to work with you through the installation process, and then continue to be your go-to for repairs and maintenance for years to come. We are proud to offer a selection of LiftMaster® electric operators and accessories, as well as a variety of Clopay® garage doors for both commercial and residential purposes.
We pride ourselves in offering high-quality products as well as service. We know garage doors, and we are ready to help you find the best door for your business. If you’re in the market for a commercial garage door, look no further than RCS Carolinas. Contact us today, and be on your way to a brand new garage door.